If you’ve recently received a sleep apnea diagnosis, or you’re ready to cut ties with your CPAP machine, an oral appliance in Greenfield is effective in managing mild-to-moderate cases. The custom-fit device is made of comfortable, flexible, and durable materials to protrude the lower jaw forward. It’s a simple method to prevent your airways from collapsing to get a good night’s rest. It will take time to adjust to wearing it, but you don’t need to lose sleep at night. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the transition period.
What to Expect with New Oral Appliances
Although your oral appliance will fit your mouth like a glove, it will feel a little strange. Your body can react to wearing it in many ways. Some of the most common complaints with new oral appliances include:
- Discomfort or Tightness: The device will need to hold your jaw in place, which might be a little uncomfortable at first. The hard plastic might feel tight, but you can sleep soundly knowing it’s not going to fall out of your mouth during the night.
- Drooling: Your mouth might mistake the appliance for food, which can encourage saliva production.
- Gagging: Patients with a strong gag reflex may have more difficulty adjusting to the appliance. Nighttime Removals: Since the device is foreign to your body, you might unconsciously remove it while sleeping.
How to Adjust to an Oral Appliance
With a little patience, you can wear your oral appliance every night without a second thought. Your brain will adjust to the new sensations in your mouth to eventually block out any discomfort. If you experience drooling or nighttime removals, they should cease within a couple of weeks. Most patients report an improvement after 2 to 3 weeks, so don’t give up after a few nights.
Even patients with a strong gag reflex can adjust to wearing the oral appliance, but it might take a little longer to get used to your sleep apnea treatment in Greenfield. You can ease gagging by wearing the appliance for short periods throughout the day. It’s best to breathe through your nose to let your body relax. With a little practice, you’ll be able to wear your oral appliance comfortably every night.
If you haven’t adjusted to your treatment after about 3 weeks, it’s time to contact your sleep dentist. You may need adjustments or another type of appliance, such as Vivos in Greenfield. They’ll find the solution you need to keep your airway open to get the rest you need to feel your best.
About Dr. Andrea Woodlock
Dr. Woodlock earned her dental degree at the Ohio State University. For over 30 years, Dr. Woodlock has provided exceptional dental care using the latest treatments, techniques, and technologies in dentistry. As a general dentist, she has the qualifications and experience to treat patients with sleep apnea. If you’re interested in an oral appliance to control your obstructive sleep apnea, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.